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4/3 Smirk, Valley Gals, Gossip Collar @ Deep Cuts Deli 7pm-11pm 18+ $12 

4/4 Reclaiming Folk: Celebrating People of Color in Folk Music Created by Naomi Westwater, feat. performances from Kim Moberg, Pamela Means and Porsha Olayiwola. In Rabb Hall @ Boston Public Library (BPL) 6pm-7:30pm @naomiwestwater 

4/4 Mortal Wound, Matriphagy, Hallucivore, Caregiver @ Ralph's Rock Diner 8pm 21+ $15 

4/5 The 4th Wall Presents: A Country Western, Strange Mangers, and Kettle with Live Visuals by Digital Awareness @ The Capitol Theatre 9pm 18+ $10 

4/5 Josephine Foster (w/Jen Gelineau!), Joshua Burkett @ Lilypad 8pm All Ages


4/5 Cross of Disbelief, Clock Out, Exhibit, Husk @ CC's Downstairs (Weymouth) 7pm All Ages $15 

4/5 4th Wall Presents: A Country Western, Kettle, Strange Mangers with visuals by Digital Awareness @ The Capitol Theatre 9pm 18+ $10 

4/5 Boston Progressive Jazz Festival The inaugural Boston Progressive Jazz Festival brings a roster of young local groups and talents to showcase Boston's diverse jazz scene. @ Arts at the Armory 6pm-11:30pm $15 

4/6 John Shakespear, Dustin Lowman, Arden Lloyd A night of songwriters with homes in Boston and NYC @ Lilypad 7:30pm-10pm All Ages $10 

4/6 Boston Modular presents: Live at the Foundry feat. Synthia, Violet Nox, Allie Frost, Bob Familiar @ The Foundry 5:30pm $15 adv / $17 doors 

4/6 Why Try?, The Roscoes, Viruette @ Deep Cuts Deli 7pm-11pm All Ages $15


4/7 FANG, Neighborhood Shit, Poor Impulse Control, Scumbari @ Midway Cafe 3pm-6pm All Ages $15


4/7 Diztort, Mil-Spec, Collateral, C4, Rabid Few @ Tribe Dream Arena 6:30pm All Ages $15 

4/8 #HELLABLACKVOL6: SACRED feat. D Ruff, Capella, Killah Croc, Ky Letta, Neely Isaura Oliveira & Power of Skirts Collective, TiElla, 617Peak youth performers, with a set by DJ Nomadik. Curated by Amanda Shea. Asks the performing artists to embody and present what makes them feel grounded in their creation. @ Boston Center for the Arts 7pm $35


4/9 KLYAM Presents: Moron's Morons, Andy California, Adult Learners, G. Gordon Gritty @ O'Briens Pub 8pm 21+ $12 

4/10 Fully Celebrated Orchestra with QWANQWA Beaming in from the sizzling Addis Ababa nightlife scene, this group shines an experimentalism based in the virtuosity of rooted traditions. With swirling masinko (one-stringed fiddle), wah-wah violin, bass krar grooves, the heavy riffs of goat skin kebero beats, and powerful mellismatic lead African diva vocals, QWANQWA keeps the people rapt in celebratory attention. @ Midway Cafe 8pm 21+ $15


4/12 Infra presents Lufer, Meschwitz, Niqi, & Sebas FX Infra’s mission is to perpetually and unconditionally cultivate the underground techno scene in Boston. @ ManRay 9pm 21+ $22.35


4/13 The Spots, Hilken Mancini, Punk Rock Aerobics, Bad Idea USA @ Midway Cafe 3pm-6pm All Ages $5 @hilkenmancini_40southst


4/13 KLYAM Presents: Johnnie and the Foodmasters, Motorhawk, Red Herrings @ Deep Thoughts 8pm All Ages $10

4/13 Bloom Fest The biggest one-day music festival this Spring. Bloom Fest, Greater Boston's best and brightest artists come together at the Diaspora! @ Diaspora 6:45pm 21+ $20 - $30 


4/18 Deletar, Ancient Filth, Destruct, Innocent, The Massacred @ Middle East Upstairs 8pm All Ages $22


4/19 The 4th Wall Presents: Gollylagging, Warmachine, Crescent Ridge, and Ridgeway with visuals by: Digital Awareness @ Capitol Theatre 9pm 18+ $13


4/19 Live at The Lizard Lounge: The Collect Pond, Perennial, and Battlemode The Collect Pond, Perennial and Battlemode get together to rock the Lizard Lounge! @ The Lizard Lounge 9pm 21+ $15


4/19 Quattracenta (Baltimore), Thalia Zedek Band, Rip Room (SF) @ Midway Cafe 9:30pm 21+ $10


4/19 Godskin Peeler, Deal With God, Cold Kiss, Posthumous Obsession, Birthright @ The Hoff 6pm All Ages $15


4/19 Science Man, Crimps, Wanted, Special Patrol Unit @ Front St Coffeehouse 7:30pm All Ages $10


4/21 Get To The Gig Boston and MassConcerts Presents: BbyMutha's Sleep Paralysis Tour 2024 @ Arts at the Armory 8pm All Ages $28

4/21 We Are the Union, Half Past Two, Devon Kay & The Solutions, The Pomps @ Crystal Ballroom Somerville 7pm All Ages

4/25 2nd SHIFT // THE FOLK COLLECTIVE: Songs for Earth and Humanity Incredible music by Maxfield Anderson, Lydia Harrell, Anju Madhok, Stephanie McKay, Kim Moberg, Alastair Moock, and Gabriella Simpkins! @ Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation 8pm-9:30pm $20


4/26 Break the Chains Queen Dance Party! Feat. Brandie Blaze! Boston's favorite all ages all gender radical queer dance party is coming back. And we're kicking things off with Boston's legendary hiphop goddess BRANDIE BLAZE. Benefit for the first ever Wake up the Earth Pride Stage! Masks required for everyone's safety and accessibility. Wheelchair accessible. @ Spontaneous Celebrations 6pm-10pm All Ages $10-20 @brandieblaze

4/26 Non Event Presents: Waterworks Experimental Sound Festival 2024 feat. performances by Alex Bernhardt (Cryptwarbler), Arnold Dreyblatt, Isabella & Rachel Devorah, Lea Bertucci & Henry Fraser, Lemuel Marc, Neil Leonard playing Phill Niblock, sadnoise. Non-Event is pleased to present two nights of experimental music in the extraordinary acoustics of the Great Engines Hall of the Waterworks Museum. @ 8pm All Ages @noneventseries

4/27 Cran, The Minor Inconveniences, Hammered Saint, Battery March, Rejekts @ Cambridge Community Center 6pm-11pm All Ages $12

4/28 MTV Presents: Live Hip Hop Showcase at The Jungle Live Music at The Jungle @ The Jungle 9pm

5/1 Lynn Music Foundation's Hip Hop Music Production Workshop Led by T. Whyte Dive into Hip Hop production with T. Whyte at LMF's workshop on April 24, May 1, 8, 15 at Neal Rantoul Vault Theatre @ The Neal Rantoul Vault Theatre 7pm-9pm 



Capitol Theatre Presents: Good For Her Film Series Never Underestimate What a Woman is Capable of...Films will screen Saturdays & Tuesdays: Thelma & Louise (4/2), A League of Their Own (4/6 & 4/9), Fried Green Tomatoes (4/13 & 4/16), Serial Mom (4/20 & 4/23), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (4/27 & 4/30). @ Capitol Theatre 7:30PM 18+ $16

4/25 ONCE Presents: Screaming Females: A Cinematic Experience Join us for a screening of the Screaming Females recorded live. We start with a selection of single song videos, followed by the whole set from Screaming Females.Produced by ONCE and Treebeard Media, filmed by Treebeard Media, with sound support from Dead Moon Audio and Anthony Saffery. @ Capitol Theatre 7pm All Ages $15.76


4/9 Urbanica Gallery presents: Route 111 A photography exhibition by George Annan. @ Urbanica Gallery 7pm-9pm

4/14 Screen Printing Workshop Join Artist Hannah Jacoby-Brooks for a Screen Printing Workshop! @ Gallery 263 1pm-4pm 

4/18 The Boston Pancakes & Booze Art Show Come experience one of the largest pop-up art movements to hit North America over the past decade. Celebrate our 10th year serving FREE PANCAKES and introducing you to some of the nation's leading emerging artists. @ MIXX 360 Nightlife 7pm $10

4/20 Boston Comics in Color Festival The Boston Comics in Color Festival is New England's first comics fest which focuses on cartoonists of color and their work! @ Reggie Lewis State Track Athletic Ctr 10am-5pm $0 – $100 


4/27 The Sandpaper Factory Open Studios Explore working artists studios and local art fair at a studio space in Rockland @ The Sandpaper Factory 12pm All Ages FREE

Dog Cough Comics is a creator owned indie comic anthology aimed at bringing comic artists together. Organized by Boston-based cartoonists Caoin O’Durgy and Jackson Schleicher, Dog Cough publishes three to four mini-comics monthly through Patreon, which allows us to offer compensation for accepted submissions. With a five-dollar subscription, readers will be supporting indie cartoonists directly, and will gain access to a variety of incredible comics to read! Submissions always open. Support always appreciated:

MFA Boston presents Comrade Sisters: Women of the Black Panther Party This exhibition brings together 27 photographs that feature the women, or “comrade sisters,” as they were known, of the Black Panther party. @ MFA Boston All Ages



4/4 The Magic Lab: Boston's Open Mic Magic Show The Magic Lab is a show where local magicians test out their newest material - welcome to the very first open-mic style magic show! @ The Rozzie Square Theater 4pm-7:30pm $12


4/6 Men in Comedy on a Boat Ever wanted to laugh while on a boat? In collaboration with the Charles Riverboat Company, enjoy a scenic view of the Charles River on a gorgeous boat used for weddings while you enjoy Boston's funniest all-femme comedians @ Charles Riverboat Company 6:15pm-8pm $25


4/11 STRUT! Best Drag Show in NE for 7 consecutive years! @ Venetian Moon 6pm-10pm $39


4/13 Infinite Spells and Coded Language Join Amanda Shea for a poetry performance that transcends boundaries. @ Multicultural Arts Center 8pm-9:30pm $35 (and pay what you can)


4/17 City Winery Presents: Poetry vs. Hip-Hop feat. Corey Manning, Amanda Shea, Najee Janey & Hosted by Queen Sheba In Celebration of National Poetry Month! Poets will go head-to-head with Emcees in a FRIENDLY, all Peace and all Love "battle" @ City Winery 7:30pm $35


4/20 Next Level Fusion Debut feat. Ace Fusion by The Q Join us for an all day event with Bachata classes in the afternoon, followed by a night filled with latin social dancing, animations, performances, and more @ Hibernian Hall 1pm $20 – $100


Take-A-Zine, Leave-A-Zine has a new location! Check out this incredible community resource where you can trade your coolest zines for even cooler ones! They just set up a new street box at Gallery 263 in Cambridge that you can access 24/7. They even have a discord if you wanna get involved or learn more! More info on their IG @takeazine

What's Happening Boston Follow for fun things to do in Boston! Use this resource to plan your week. Check their IG stories every day for unique events #bostonhapps #blackowned @whatshappening_boston


4/2 THRIVE: an 8 week yoga series Free Zoom workshop series open to male-identifying survivors of sexual trauma, with Angelica Lopez and Steve Opalenik. Tuesdays from 5pm - 7pm, April 2 - May 21st @ 5pm

4/4 Reclaim Roxbury presents: Community Meeting & Art Showcase All Boston residents are invited to give feedback on Northeastern University’s plan for climate justice (with a $125 stipend for your participation!) @ Black Market Nubian 6pm-9pm All Ages FREE


4/8 Moving in Community A luscious in-person warm up with writing & movement meditation prepares us to combine our shared ideas to develop an improvisational/movement score. @ Dance Complex 6pm-7:30pm FREE


4/13 Suited for Fashion: Night at Met Gala Annual Fundraiser Embark on an extraordinary journey through time and space, celebrating the fusion of African diaspora culture with science fiction and technology. Tickets available now @ Artists For Humanity 5:30pm


4/20 1975VietHealing presents: Intergenerational Cultural Commemoration Event Calling all generations to join us to commemorate the impacts and legacies of war on Vietnamese families of the diaspora. Get ready for an unforgettable lineup of performances, along with light snacks and refreshments. Please RSVP. @ VietAID 12pm-3pm All Ages FREE @TranVuArts #1975VietHealing

4/24 The Brighton Bazaar: Night Market Over 50 small local businesses selling art, vinyl, vintage, & more! Food + drink in the courtyard! @ Charles River Speedway 5pm-10pm FREE @thebrightonbazaar

4/27 LesbianNightLife Teadance For Lesbian Visibility Week 2024 we will be celebrating the power of sisterhood by uplifting incredible LGBTQ+ women and nonbinary people from every generation, in every field and in every country around the world. One community, so many brilliant individuals. @ HAN 4pm-8pm 21+ $10 @lesbiannightlife


Artspark is a community-powered event series based in the greater Boston area. Through dynamic live music events and community classes, Artspark creates a pipeline for artists and creative professionals to build success at all stages of their career. We aim to provide accessible music programming that takes the power and privilege out of the creative arts. Follow them at @artsparkboston

4/8 Palestine Film Series Mass Artists for Palestine presents a 3-part film series at Mass Art with the Social Emergency Response Center. April 8: Gaza and the Occupation ft Tale of Three Jewels by Michel Khleifi. April 26: Digging for a Palestinian Image ft. They Do Not Exist by Mustafa Abu Ali, Kings and Extras by Azza El-Hassan and Inextinguishable Fire by Harun Farocki. @ DMC Lecture Hall MassArt @ 7pm


4/22 Where Do We Go From Here? A Reproductive Justice Symposium What's next for the reproductive justice movement in the Greater Boston area? Hear from grassroots organizers, policymakers, and more! @ Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building 10am-4:30pm $10 – $75 


Collective Futures Fund This fund supports visual artists and artist-run activity in the Greater Boston area through grants between $2,000 and $7,500. Next application cycle opens April 19th.

Massachusetts Independent Comic Expo welcomes comic creators to apply to exhibit at their 2024 show happening in December! Deadline to apply is April 29, 2024.


FutureBos Boston’s young people can apply now for great summer jobs at

Challenge America offers support primarily to small organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved groups/communities. More info at


MCC Festivals & Projects Grant Grants of $2,500 for organizations to fund public activities that incorporate the arts, humanities, or sciences. Only organizations may apply. Deadline to apply is May 23, 2024

MCC Operating Grants for Organizations NEW in FY24! Unrestricted general operating grants for Massachusetts-based, nonprofit cultural organizations with year-round operations offering public programming in the arts, humanities, or sciences. Grant amounts range from $6,000 to $60,000. Deadline to apply is June 13, 2024.

Apply for Boston Raising Powerful Musicians May Adult Sessions ​This is a 3-day weekend experience for women and gender-expansive adults who want to tap into their inner power by learning how to play an instrument, forming a band, writing an original song, and performing it for an audience at a local venue! The best part? No prior musical experience is required, and we'll provide all the instruments and equipment you need! Visit to apply. 

ANIKAYA Birds Dance Intensive Apply for a 10-day journey in dance, discussion & connection. Participants will be immersed in the movement world of the Birds, ANIKAYA’s Conference of the Birds ensemble, along with the histories, dances and ritual practices of Benin. Visit to apply. Deadline to apply is April 15, 2024.

Dunamis Boston Resource Roundup a thorough list of grants, jobs, events, opportunities and workshops for artists and creatives in the Boston area. Check it out at

National Endowment for the Arts - Grants for Arts Projects provides expansive funding opportunities to strengthen the nation’s arts and culture ecosystem. Through project-based funding from $10K to $100K, the program supports opportunities for public engagement with the arts and arts education, for the integration of the arts with strategies promoting the health and well-being of people and communities, and for the improvement of overall capacity and capabilities within the arts sector. Visit for details and deadlines.

Open Call for Art for @massartists4palestine Submit your work to be considered for the MAFP benefit auction. All proceeds will go directly to Anera Org emergency relief program, providing critical aid to those in occupied territories.

Originally published in-print in Boston Compass Newspaper #168 April 2024


Check out all the art and columns of April's Boston Compass at




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